Monday, May 7, 2012

Guys Read Thriller

Guys Read Thriller
Jon Scieszka (editor)
Walden Pond, 2011
$16.99, Hardcover
April 21st, 2012

Genre: Mystery
Age: 8+
Description: A collection of ten stories aimed to be thrillers to get guys to read. Includes “Old Dead Nuisance” but M.T. Anderson about a boy who discovers his psychic powers, “Double Eagle Has Landed” by Anthony Horowitz which is a Diamond Brothers tale, and “Ghost Vision Glasses” by Patrick Carman about a boy who likes weird stuff, gets these glasses from an old 70s comic book ad, and begins to see ghosts with them.
Opinion: I love that Brett Helquist is the illustrator for this volume. I love him! This is a mixed bag story-wise though. Many of the stories really aren’t “thrillers.” The best were Anderson and Carman’s stories. The worst was “Pirates” by Walter Dean Myers which was about Somali pirates and “Pudding” which was a short comic by Jarret J. Krosoczka—author of the Lunch Lady series—because it ends so abruptly you think you skipped a page somewhere. It’s hard to get a good short story collection and this one is hit or miss. It is mainly enjoyable though.

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